Graduate Counseling Course Description(s)

COUN6000 New Student Orientation (0)

New student orientation is a pass/fail course that is required of all incoming students to the Counselor Education Master's program. This course will give new students information regarding the overall program, requirements for graduation, and information regarding on-campus departments with which they will interact throughout their course of study.

COUN6511 The Profession of Counseling (2)

Summarizes the profession of counseling, its history, the value of professional organizations, professional referral agencies, and resources and exposes the student to requirements and procedures for certification and licensure. The class is a basic course in professionalism that must be taken during the first year in the program. Fees: Additional fee required.

COUN6512 Ethical and Legal Issues (3)

Current legal and ethical concerns in professional counseling. Ethical theory and decision-making processes and legal aspects of client-counselor relationships are covered, including ethical issues in working with diverse populations. This class is to be taken during the first year in the program.

COUN6515 Multicultural Counseling and Societal Issues (3)

An examination of philosophical assumptions of multiculturalism. ethical considerations related to multiculturalism, strategies with diverse populations, and indigenous counseling approaches. The influence of gender, race, ethnicity, and other factors related to diverse populations on the counseling process and on the counselor. Students will learn ethical and cultural characteristics needed to sensitively and appropriately serve multicultural and diverse populations.

COUN6531 The Learning Process and Lifespan Development (3)

Students will examine theoretical constructs related to the development process and developmentally based behavior patterns across the age spectrum. The course will also examine accepted theories and current research in learning theory and behavior.

COUN6532 Theories of Counseling (3)

Critical analyses of selected classical and contemporary theories, including multicultural counseling theory and consultation with examination of the practical meaning of the theories for the counselor. Students will identify processes related to developing personal models of counseling. This course is to be taken during the first year of the program.

COUN6533 Family Counseling Theories (2)

This course is an introduction to the history and application of family systems counseling and the broad range of family theories that have been used within the tradition of family counseling. The students will be able to identify and understand assessment techniques, intervention strategies, and resources needed in order to support families as they look through the lens of theory. Unique family characteristics, such as ethnic and cultural considerations, will also be reviewed to highlight the diversity that exists within families.

COUN6534 Career Development (3)

This course is an introduction to the basic principles, theories, and practices of career counseling, with an emphasis on career choices over a life span, exposure to the methods used for assessment and delivery of career counseling services to individual, school, and organizational populations. Includes discussion of the relationship of career to other facets of development and wellness.

COUN6541 Pre-Practicum: Basic Counseling Skills (3)

Development of essential listening skills for counseling effectiveness to include principles and procedures of individual counseling. Students learn to apply effective interviewing and micro skills which include the use of required videotaped counseling interviews, role playing, and counseling process models. Earning a grade of B or better in this course is necessary in order for the student to enter Practicum in Counseling. Students are expected to take COUN6541 just prior to COUN7561. If one year has elapsed, video tapes will be required of the student. If two or more years elapse, the student must retake the entire course. May be repeated for credit. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: COUN6512, COUN6532

COUN6542 Group Counseling (3)

Techniques of group procedures appropriately applied to decision-making, problem solving, and resolution of conflict. Theories, characteristics and group dynamics, interventions, stages, leadership styles, and roles relevant to group counseling will be discussed. This course is experiential in nature and students will be required to effectively facilitate and evaluate a group counseling experience from a particular theoretical orientation.

COUN6551 Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology (3)

An introduction to clinical diagnostic criteria and related clinical treatment planning strategies utilized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V in the assessment of mental and emotional disorders.

COUN6552 Addictions Counseling (2)

A detailed study identifying the history, classification, physiological and psychological effects associated with psychoactive substances. Additionally, assessment, diagnosis, treatment modalities, intervention and prevention, availability of resources, and obstacles of recovery will be discussed.

COUN6594 Topics in Counseling (1-4)

Exploration of a current topic or practice in the department. May be repeated for credit.

COUN6598 Seminar (1-3)

Seminar approach to the study of clearly defined problems or issues. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites determined by nature of specific seminar.

COUN6599 Independent Study (1-4)

Study of an assigned topic or guided research as directed by a graduate faculty member. Approval of program director required.

COUN7505 Play Therapy with the Neurodiverse (1)

This course will give an overview of these neurodiverse clients and the effective treatments that target not only the socio-emotional and behavioral challenges of the neurodiverse, but also mediate the neurological and developmental impact of these differences. Students will learn which evidence-based, brain-based technique to utilize while attempting to decipher how to make these treatments more child-centered, playful, and developmentally appropriate. An integrated, brain-based approach in play therapy with the neurodivergent population will be presented.

COUN7506 The Use of Art Expression in Play Therapy (1)

This course is designed to assist students in gaining a higher comfort level with the use of art in play therapy. Focus is on developing a basic understanding of the use of art to assist clients in developing more intrapersonal awareness, meeting psychosocial and developmental goals or tasks, and to work through emotions. Students will learn the philosophy and rationale for utilizing art expressive techniques, become familiar with basic materials and techniques and gain skills that contribute to building rapport in a play therapy session.

COUN7507 Introduction to Child-Centered Play Therapy (1)

This course is an introduction to child-centered play therapy. The course will give an overview of the history and development of child-centered play therapy. It will present current techniques as well as the current research being done to demonstrate their relevance to the practice of play therapy with children and their families. The course will demonstrate the basic skills necessary to prepare a playroom and how to facilitate parent consultations. Students will be instructed how to structure a play session and approach issues from a child-centered play therapy perspective.

COUN7508 Play Therapy and Private Practice (1)

This course will seek to assist students in how to start a private practice specializing in play therapy. The course will include information on the business aspects of counseling that are not ordinarily covered in graduate school such as: the importance of networking; types of insurance needed; the who, what, when, where and why of how to get paid; billing; office choices; how to obtain clients; advertisement; HIPAA regulations; and beneficial tips to get your private practice up and running. Students will leave with the understanding of how to open their own play therapy private practice as well as familiarity with suggested tools for its success and sustainability.

COUN7509 Trauma Informed Play Therapy Applications and Techniques (1)

This course will review current research demonstrating how trauma results in the significant alteration of socio-emotional, behavioral, and neurological functioning, which leads to considerable developmental impact. The core components of predominant trauma treatments will be outlined. Students will learn how to integrate non-verbal and sensory-based play therapy interventions into trauma treatment to work with children from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. A trauma-informed, integrated approach will be presented in this course. In creative and playful ways, participants will learn how to incorporate play-therapy techniques into trauma-informed evidence-based treatments, while maintaining fidelity to these models.

COUN7510 Play Therapy I: History, Ethics, and Systems of PT (1)

This course will introduce essential people and theorists that shaped the history of the profession of play therapy. It will help to identify developmentally appropriate play therapy toys and materials. The course will deepen the student's understanding of the developmental stages of children and children's play. Students will learn how to evaluate and assess elements of and stages within the play therapy relationship, from intake to termination. The course will allow the student to appreciate the legal and ethical issues that are unique to play therapy, as well as understand issues of diversity and how they impact every facet of play therapy.

COUN7511 Advanced Play Therapy I: Contemporary Theory and Research (1)

Over the past decade, the practice of play therapy has witnessed a number of innovations and refinements of existing procedures. The goal of this class is to present a state-of-the-art overview of the latest advances and developments in the field, including the three main pillars of therapy: theory, research, and practice. This course will present the leading theories in play therapy and the current research being done to demonstrate their relevance to the practice of play therapy with children and their families. The core theories that will be explored are Adlerian, Client Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, Ecosystemic, Developmental, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, and Eclectic Prescriptive Play Therapy.

COUN7512 Advanced Play Therapy Techniques and Practice I (1)

Students will learn the basic skills necessary to use the play interventions of therapeutic storytelling, sand play, bibliotherapy, and game play. This course will teach students how storytelling can be used effectively with both children and young adolescents to help them gain personal understanding and self-acceptance. Sand play is a unique technique that combines the wonderful use of touch and texture with that of creating a metaphor or narrative of the child's world. Students will learn the basic steps of using sand play and the sand tray in their work with children. Bibliotherapy refers to a process designed to help individuals solve problems and better understand themselves through reading literature or watching movies, videotapes, and the like. Games serve a variety of functions in counseling, and this class will demonstrate how games can be used to teach new behaviors, facilitate verbalization, and address specific concerns of a child or adolescent.

COUN7513 Advanced Play Therapy Techniques and Practice II (1)

Students will learn the basic skills necessary to use the play interventions of expressive/art therapy, puppetry, dramatic role play, and group play/filial therapy. This course will teach students how to best utilize expressive art techniques to reduce anxiety, develop rapport, capture attention, create and intensify moods, and communicate feelings. Puppet play allows young clients to displace their feelings about significant others onto the puppets. This course will teach students how to use dramatic play to gain information from the way in which the clients play their dramatic roles and how to use this to encourage safe expressions of strong feelings, both positive and negative, allowing clients to learn from externalizing an experience. This course will also present the basic skills of doing group play work, while exploring its different uses and its therapeutic value in the clinical applications with a wide variety of specialized populations.

COUN7514 Clinical Application in Play Therapy I (1)

This clinical application course will develop student knowledge, skills, and self-awareness of play therapy techniques specific to clients across the lifespan. Play therapy can be therapeutically relevant to the specific developmental needs and issues of the client. Students will learn how to assess and evaluate the developmental needs of the client and to use the most effective play therapy techniques as they pertain to the developmental needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, adolescents, adults, and the elderly.

COUN7515 Clinical Application in Play Therapy II (1)

This clinical application course will develop student knowledge, skills, and self-awareness of play therapy techniques specific to special populations. Play therapy can be extremely effective to help counselors address the needs of children with a variety of diversity issues. Other special populations that present with unique therapeutic challenges are children who have experienced trauma, grief and loss, and children of divorced and blended families. This course will also demonstrate how play therapy can be used to address the special needs of children with low self-esteem, challenging psychopathology, and disruptive behavioral issues.

COUN7516 Play Therapy II: Childhood Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Parent Consultation (1)

This course will examine the common childhood diagnoses that present at the time of treatment. It will introduce assessment and diagnosis tools using play therapy techniques. This course will teach students how to develop appropriate treatment plans for these diagnoses and discuss how certain play themes within the context of the play sessions can be utilized in effective parent consultation practices.

COUN7517 Advanced Play Therapy II: Contemporary Theory and Research (1)

Over the past decade, the practice of play therapy has witnessed a number of innovations and refinements of existing procedures. The goal of this class is to present a state-of-the-art overview of the latest advances and developments in the field, including the three main pillars of therapy: theory, research, and practice. This course will present the leading theories in play therapy and the current research being done to demonstrate their relevance to the practice of play therapy with children and their families. The core theories that will be explored in this second theories course are Developmental, Psycho-dynamic, Gestalt, and Eclectic Prescriptive Play Therapy.

COUN7518 Sand Tray and Sand Play (1)

This course reviews the theoretical underpinnings of attachment theory and how it relates to working with clients throughout the life-cycle. Special attention will be given to adult attachment and the formation of attachment sequences in family and couple relationships. The sand tray technique will be contrasted with the differences in utilizing sand play within a play session and how one would differentiate when to use which skill.

COUN7519 Filial and Family Play (1)

This course will explore the use of filial therapy as a technique for families who have a child as an identified client. Filial theory is an approach which teaches parents how to use child-centered play session, which can be transferred to the home. Students will also learn to model for the parents the same attitudes and skills they wish the parents to use with their own children.

COUN7520 Supervision Practices in Play Therapy (1)

Providing quality supervision for play therapists is both a responsibility and a challenge for Counselor Education programs and professionals in the field. The purpose of this course is to present a format of supervision outlining both a model and helpful guidelines to facilitate the supervisory relationship between supervisor and supervisee doing play therapy. Supervisors have a number of roles and responsibilities, including assuring the welfare of the client, making sure that ethical, legal, and professional standards are being upheld, overseeing the clinical and professional development of the supervisee, and evaluating the supervisee. For this reason, the roles and responsibilities, as well as effective models of play therapy supervision will be discussed in this course.

COUN7521 School Counseling (2)

The role of the school counselor, including the Idaho Model in elementary, middle, and secondary school counseling. Relationships with school personnel and students will be explored with an emphasis on professionalism in counseling.

COUN7523 Organization and Administration of Clinical Services (2)

This course develops in students a broad understanding of the contextual dimensions of clinical and marital, couple, and family counseling, including history of clinical counseling, fundamentals of clinical and marriage and family counseling, societal trends and treatment issues important in working with diverse family systems, streams of funding in clinical mental health, models of general principles of clinical intervention with individuals and family, legal dimensions, and the roles of clinical and marriage and family counselors.

COUN7524 Organization of Comprehensive School Counseling Services (2)

A study of strategies for planning and developing a systematic comprehensive school counseling program. Includes standard instruments used in counseling, computers, records and reports, organization and management, program evaluation, and referral agencies. The Idaho Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program Model will be utilized, as well as the American School Counselor Association National Model.

COUN7529 Human Sexuality (1)

An overview of the biological, psychological, and relational aspects of human sexuality. Includes DSM-V sexuality diagnoses and treatment approaches for counseling clients with sexual problems. Attention is given to counseling couples with presenting problems of sexual dysfunctions.

COUN7531 Meta-Theoretical Practice of MCFC (2)

This course introduces the common factors approach and process research in marriage, couple, and family counseling, with emphasis on the valuable role of systemic theories. Using a systems theory base, the concepts and skills of case conceptualization, treatment planning, and case management within the context of the stages of counseling will be explicated and practiced.

COUN7532 MCFC Assessment & Evaluation (2)

Students will acquire the knowledge to assess and conceptualize individual, couple, and family problems and functioning as they exist within the context of the client’s system. Formal and informal assessment and diagnostic methods will be addressed. The course includes strategies for evaluating counseling outcomes and emphasizes multicultural considerations in assessment and outcome evaluation.

COUN7533 Advanced Models & Interventions in MCFC (2)

Building on the concepts of case conceptualization and assessment, this course is an advanced study of systems and couple and family counseling theories and models. Emphasis will be on application, with theory-congruent techniques and interventions addressed and practiced.

COUN7534 Clinical Issues in MCFC (2)

Contemporary families experience a range of challenging characteristics and situations. This course provides information about the impact of these characteristics and situations on individuals, couples, and families. Additionally, best practices for counseling couples and families presenting with these issues will be outlined. The process of evidence-based practice will be addressed and applied and empirically supported treatments will be reviewed.

COUN7535 Contemporary Directions in MCFC (1)

This capstone course for the marriage, couple, and family counseling track will prepare students to function effectively in the professional context of marriage, couple, and family counseling. Students will review information about the profession and legal and ethical considerations.

COUN7537 Research and Statistics (3)

An introduction to research from a consumer's point of view. Includes research literature design considerations including sampling, surveys, and statistical tests. Students must prepare an action research proposal as part of the course requirements. An introductory level course in statistics, designed to develop a basic understanding of descriptive and inferential statistical tools. The focus of the course is application of statistics for understanding research articles and the selection of appropriate statistical tools for field research and program evaluation.

COUN7538 Family Education Experience (1)

This course guides students through the process of assessing the need for family education programs, then designing, implementing, and evaluating family programs that will assist the student in supporting families throughout their life-cycle stages. Students will have the opportunity to participate in delivering family education material.

COUN7542 Logotherapy-Introduction and Attitudinal Change (2)

This course provides a foundational base for understanding Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy, an existential approach to clinical practice. History of Frankl's theory is addressed as well as themes of dignity and uniqueness of the human being, unavoidable suffering, and motivation, values, and attitudinal change.

COUN7543 Logotherapy-Meaning Centered Interventions (2)

Meaning-Centered Interventions involves a study of the affirmative, future oriented, holistic approach of Logotherapy that seeks to reverse the trend of meaninglessness, depersonalization, and nihilism. The course focuses on helping to facilitate an awareness of dignity and uniqueness within the individual as a source of strength and well-being for making choices and taking responsibility for one's actions.

COUN7544 Logotherapy-Theory and Therapy of Mental Disorders (2)

This course includes a study of Viktor Frankl's theories of neuroses and psychoses and offers in-depth illustrations of methods and techniques used in Logotherapy.

COUN7545 Collaboration and Consultation in School Counseling (2)

This course provides a descriptive approach to the study of challenges, resources, and experiences of exceptional children and their families in identifying and receiving comprehensive, collaborative, community based mental health services and supports at school, at home, and in their communities.

COUN7546 Case Management in Addictions (2)

A detailed study identifying the history, classification, physiological, and psychological effects associated with psychoactive substances. Additionally, assessment, diagnosis, treatment modalities, availability of resources, and obstacles of recovery will be discussed.

COUN7548 Advanced Addictions Counseling Strategies (2)

A detailed study of evidence-based clinical techniques promoting increased retention and therapeutic outcomes for individuals and families afflicted by substance use disorders and addictive behaviors. Prerequisites: COUN6552

COUN7549 Assessment of Substance Use Disorders (2)

A detailed study of advanced interviewing techniques and utilization of assessment instruments associated with the identification and diagnosis of substance use disorders. Defense mechanisms, co-occurring disorders, and comprehensive individualized treatment plan development will also be addressed. Prerequisites: COUN6552

COUN7553 Measurement and Assessment (3)

This course encompasses the types, uses, and basic psychometrics involved in educational and personality testing and assessment. Validity, reliability, and program evaluation concepts are covered, and students are introduced to elementary statistical concepts important to interpreting and understanding test reviews.

COUN7560 Post Masters Practicum in Play (1-10)

This course will address the different levels of clinical skill acquisition. The use of required videotaping of student play therapy sessions, role playing, live demonstrations, and observations will be used in the supervisory process. (Note: If the clinical criteria are not met by the conclusion of practicum segment, fees for additional clinical supervision will be charged to the individual student on a per hour basis over and above tuition.)

COUN7561 Practicum in Counseling (3)

A course that combines supervision, class work, and the practical utilization and critique of individual and group counseling techniques learned in COUN6541. These will be demonstrated through field work, case conferences, and student videos. Course taught on a group supervision model. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: COUN6511, COUN6512, COUN6541, COUN6542, COUN6551, Participation in a counseling group approved by the program.

COUN7563 Clinical Intervention and Prevention (3)

Course is designed to enhance student knowledge of the most prevalent diagnostic problems for clinical clients. Pharmacological and clinical treatments, including best practice research, will be used to increase student's clinical effectiveness in the clinical setting.

COUN7571 Psychopharmacology (1)

This is a required course for Clinical Mental Health Counseling majors. This course will develop student knowledge, skill, and self awareness in psychopharmacology.

COUN7582 Introduction to Trauma and Crisis Counseling (1)

This course is the first step towards becoming a Trauma Informed Counselor, providing a strong foundation in attachment theory, childhood trauma and PTSD, as well as the impact of mass disaster, domestic violence, suicide, sexual assault, and vicarious trauma. Skill demonstrations, videos, and lectures will provide a strong introduction to specific interventions appropriate to this specialized area of counseling.

COUN7583 Advanced Interventions in Trauma Counseling (2)

This course is the next step towards Trauma Competency. Course content will focus on a thorough understanding of the neuropsychological effects of trauma, specifically developmental trauma, childhood sexual abuse and complex PTSD. Students will acquire a wide variety of innovative intervention skills developed by leading experts in the field.

COUN7584 Grief Counseling (2)

The intimate nature of grief counseling requires an authenticity that can only be gained through a strong emphasis on students' personal exploration of loss, grief, disenfranchised grief and bereavement. Moving beyond the limitations of a "stage model," students will understand that grief is a very unique and individual process that does not necessarily end but constantly changes.

COUN7589 Internship in Counseling (1-8)

A distinctly defined, post practicum, supervised curricular experience intended to enable students to refine and enhance basic counseling skills, develop more advanced counseling interventions, and integrate professional knowledge and skills appropriate to initial professional placement. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: COUN7561, A minimum of four sessions of individual counseling.

COUN7593 Project (3-6)

An approved independent project designed and implemented by the student to demonstrate proficiency and understanding of a particular aspect of the department.

COUN8620 Post-Masters Internship (1-12)

A seminar experience intended to enable post-graduates to integrate new clinical skills and develop more advanced counseling interventions. This course may be used to help practicing counselors gain supervised internship experience for licensure. Note: 60 hours of field work equals one credit hour. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: COUN7561, A minimum of four sessions of Individual Counseling.